Jul 14, 2017

What I Care About

Dear reader,

If you have been following the Working Quietly blog recently, you may have noticed a few things are getting changed around here. More important, however, are the reasons why I'm changing things up and what it all has to do with my goodbye post last month. I hope you will continue to stay on for the ride, it is not over yet!

As writers, we have to ask ourselves on a daily basis what, exactly, we give a crap about in life, and how we can spill those values coherently onto a page for our loyal readers. That is the essence of how and why we do our craft. In reality, doing this is actually much harder than it sounds.

I started the Working Quietly blog a few years ago to reach out to people who shared the same experiences as I did, as an introvert trying to thrive (or just survive) in a professional world designed for extroverted employees. There were some great experiences had along the way, and I formed some amazing relationships with some wonderful people.

The time has come to close that chapter, but it will remain online as a source of knowledge and inspiration to future readers who might have not yet discovered the online introvert community. We have built something truly beautiful.

So naturally the question remains, what does Working Quietly stand for now? My values as a writer have not changed, however like most people, a lot of other things can change in your life situation over three years. On the outside, people around me could say (and have said) that I am a different person now. But the truth of the matter is that I am just way more comfortable with that person inside of me that was just waiting to get out.

Who is that person? It is difficult to provide an actual example, but instead, try to think of the differences between two characters in an old movie: Back To The Future. Most people would want to be just like the leading star, Marty McFly, who saves the world, gets the girl and lives happily ever after. But, who made it all possible in the first place? That's right, it was trusty old Doc Brown.

So, why do I want to be more like Doc Brown, and what exactly does it have to do with my blog? Here two compelling reasons:

First, this guy focused on actually doing the science himself, instead of mindlessly following the opinions and findings of others. He actually made stuff, discovered stuff and ran experiments. That is exactly what I want to do, and have actually been doing for a while now, on a smaller scale (sorry no time machine yet).

Secondly, as an introvert I have literally grown tired of the endless debates that my extroverted friends and colleagues get into for the sole purpose of winning an argument, instead of being mutually focused on finding a solution. When did this start to happen? Instead of trying to thump my chest louder than my opponent can, I have decided to focus on the pure pursuit of truth and finding answers using my just brain and my own two hands.

So, this is what I hope to share on Working Quietly, in the coming months. I hope to see you in the future!

All the best,

1 comment:

  1. Wow; that is the way I want to live life as well, it's so inspiring; thank you for your posts WQ!